My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Harvest Monday

Welcome to Harvest Monday, hosted by Daphne's Dandelions. This great blog hop lets you see what others are harvesting around the world.

My apologies for not getting around and commenting on every one else's posts last week. It was a really crazy week at work plus our county fair week.

I didn't get a  lot of pictures of fresh harvests, although I did pick small tomatoes, squash and snap beans.

I also got eggs. Several days last week I got really small eggs like the one on the left in the picture. I'm not positive yet if this is from one of the banties that has been molting and so not laying for awhile or if it's from one of my Buff Orpington pullets. The egg in the middle is one of the normal size banty eggs. The big egg on the right is from one of the Welsummers  that I just picked up a  couple of weeks ago.

Buttercup squash
I did pretty good at the county fair, most of my veggies placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

German Butterball potatoes

green chili, Joe E. Parker
green onion, Tokyo long white

Princepe Borghese
Snow White

Spaghetti Squash
Yukon Gold potatoes

Pencil Pod Yellow Wax

Buff Orpington pullet

My Buff Orpington pullet was 2nd in her class. She and her sisters should start laying any time between now and Halloween.

My young Welsh Harlequin drake took a blue ribbon. My two Muscovy drakes and the two Muscovy ducks all were given red ribbons. I just didn't get good pictures of them this afternoon.

Harley takes a bath

Harley was especially happy to be home and to be able to take a bath!  He's the ring leader of his group of ducks (the others are WH crossed with runner duck, but they were all hatched and raised together). I wish I'd had my camera out when I first put Harley back out in the pen. One of the other ducks from his group came up to him making soft noises and stood rubbing the top of their head under his chin, like, where have you been? I was so worried about you, glad you are home. It was really cute.


  1. Great job getting all those ribbons! How fun! And the eggs are beautiful! Would love to have chickens to homeowners association rules!

  2. Congratulation on all the ribbons, sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  3. Congratulations, that's quite a collection of prizes.

  4. Congratulations on all your County Fair Ribbons! That must be so thrilling to do that. A job well done! Lucky you to have your own eggs! The picture of the Buff Orpington Pullet looks perfect, like she was posing! Nancy

  5. Congratulations on all your ribbons!

  6. Congrats on all those ribbons! It must feel wonderful to actually win prizes for all your hard work!!! Good stuff!

  7. Congrats on all your win, very well deserved!!! Love all your pics too, that Tromboncino sure looks amazing! lol. Aww how cute with the ducks; that would make it a bit more difficult for me. Love your blog. :)

  8. Well done on the fair results. Harley's return sounds like it was charming to watch. :D

  9. Great job at the fair! What a showing! How nice to be honored for what you have fun doing.